It is interesting speculation, whether or not you agree with it. Let’s assume that Cagle or Reed get elected. We have a Speaker who seems interested in being Governor. We have a state insurance commission who is likewise interested. We would have a Lt. Gov who would be interested. To best perfectly honest, however, i don’t see either Casey or Ralph running for Governor in 2010 assuming either gets elected Lt. Gov.
Speaker Richardson could count on House support and Cagle/Reed could count on Senate support (don’t fool yourselves people. If Ralph got it, he’d get that support in 4 years). Oxendine, I suppose, could get some support some where.
Then there is the solidly conservative, ambitious, and increasingly popular with the grassroots Representative Westmoreland. His district touches southern Atlanta suburbs with money, and has touched Middle Georgia from Columbus to Macon rather well. And, he has the very talented Chip Lake with him.
I see an opening here for Westmoreland. Just saying.